- Series: General Topics
RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR OWN SIN
1. We are responsible for sin.
2. We choose to sin or not to.
1. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SIN.
A. The serpent could not force either one of them to sin.
1. 1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
A. God sets the rules the devil pays by.
1. Job 1:11-12 But now, stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face! And the Lord said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person. So Satan went from the presence of the Lord.
2. The rule was set that he could not kill Job.
3. The rules are set for today as well. We are only tempted in three ways.
A. The lust of the flesh.
B. The lust of the eyes.
C. The pride of life.
B. These temptations can be set in front of us but not forced upon us.
1. We are free moral agents.
A. God does not make us follow Him and the devil cannot make us follow him either.
1. Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourself this day whom you will serve.
B. We will be held responsible for our own sin.
1. The blame game did not work for either Adam or Eve.
A. Adam was first to try to blame Eve.
1. Gen. 3:12 The woman you gave me.
A. But he was still held responsible Gen. 3:17-19.
B. Eve then tried to blame the serpent.
1. Gen 3:13 The serpent deceived me, and I ate.
A. It did not work for Eve either Gen. 3:16.
2. We do not have any excuses for sin.
A. Adam and Eve had the Word of God.
1. Gen. 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
A. This should have been enough for them.
B. We have the Word of God as well.
1. 2 Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
2. 2 Peter 1:3 As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue.
3. The Word of God should be enough for us.
C. Knowledge and application of God’s Word is what keeps us from sin.
1. 2 Tim. 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.
2. WE CHOOSE TO SIN OR NOT TO SIN.
A. First, Adam and Eve received information or knowledge of God’s Word from God.
1. Then they had a decision to make when presented with temptation.
A. Believe God and obey His Word or…
B. Disobey God and believe the serpent.
1. The first choice would have resulted in life and remaining in the garden.
A. When Jesus asked, “Will you also go away?” Peter answered:
1. John 6:68 Then Simon answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.
B. Obeying the word of God equals life.
2. The second choice would have resulted in death and being expelled out of the Garden and from God’s presence.
A. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death.
B. Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear you.
2. Both options were on the table and they understood what was at stake.
A. God had told them the consequences.
1. Gen. 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
B. They made their choice.
1. God has retained the Devil as to what he can do-- remember Job and 1 Cor. 10:13. They made the choice to sin.
2. We have the same choice to sin or not to sin.
A. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light.
B. The word “if” designates a choice.
1. The same choice that Adam and Eve had and that everyone living will face at some point in life.
C. The real question is whether we love God or not.
1. John 14:15 If you love me keep my commandments.
A. This again designates a choice.
B. There are only two options: we either love God or we don’t-- there is no other option.
1. In conclusion, we have learned that we are responsible for sin and that there are only two responses.
A. We accept responsibility for sin and repent or…
B. Play the blame game.
2. We then realize we have a choice to sin or not to sin and act accordingly.
3. Which person are we: the one who does not admit responsibility for sin or the person who takes responsibility and does his or her best not to sin?